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All reviews plantains rotisserie chicken churros tacos corn on the cob yellow rice roasted vegetables fries peruvian style large wood food was piping hot great sides sweet sauce order at the counter charlottesville area awesome food decided to give it a try
This place is definitely a hidden gem. The food is delicious and always fresh. I love that I can order and pay online. They seem to be doing a great job keeping up with COVID-19 precautions. I highly recommend the chicken, fries, and street corn.
This chicken is absolutely amazing! We live 5 hours away but travel to the Charlottesville area frequently and always stop at Al Carbon. The food speaks for itself! I’ve never been disappointed with anything on the menu. Make sure to order the fried plantains and...sweet sauce. The staff are so friendly and go above and beyond to satisfy customers.More
This is one of the best chickens I have ever consumed!!!!! Oh my goodness!!!!! This chicken is moist and tender with crispy skin and loaded with flavor with a kiss of smoke. The salsas are all delicious with adjusted spice levels and all compliment the...delicious chicken. Sides of rice, beans and plantains where outstanding!!! We also enjoyed the pork and chicken tacos and a side of delicious Mac and cheese. Leave room for the churros both stuffed and unstuffed.More
My wife and I lived in C'ville for a couple years and would stop by here every few weeks. It can get a little crowded as the dining space is on the smaller side but there are generally lines out the door - because the...food is great!More
We have been coming here since they opened (years ago). It's my kids' top spot for flautas. The Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken is great (and the family platter is awesome). It's one of my favorite places for traditional tacos as well.
There's nothing fancy about it,...but the food is solid and it has a big following, so don't be surprised if you go at a busy time and it's, well, busy. But the service is fast and the vibe is friendly.More
This year for Thanksgiving we did the unthinkable and ordered two turkeys from Al Carbon. This, not something that is available every day. What a great success! The birds were spit-roasted over hardwood coals and the best we have enjoyed. We also ordered their large...wood-roasted vegetable trays.
On a daily basis, their spit-roasted chickens are juicy, tender, crispy, and a very good value. You can buy an entire bird or cut it into a variety of splits. Don't overlook a large variety of sides which are all house-made!
This is a family operation and they all work hard to make you happy and we will go back often!More
Fresh, yummy, & cost effective lunch! We told the cashier it was our first time and he gave us a little explanation of the menu. We ended up with the whole chicken (awesome), green salad (basic but great) and plantains (of course fried but not...greasy). The chicken fell off the bone, the sauces were perfect, there was plenty of seating, and the employees were a delight. Very worth us going out of our way.
Order at the counter & they call your number service.More
I have eaten this type of rotisserie chicken in Peru and Al Carbon was just like the places in Peru. Taste was great, sauces and sides were excellent. All food was piping hot as well. I definitely recommend the fried plantains as an add on.
You can smell the chickens roasting from across the street. The place is hidden in a small set of shops across 29 from Lowe’s. You can’t see it from the road, but it is SO worth the look. Great chickens roasting all day and the...best sandwich in town!More
The tacos, flautas, and huaraches are made with corn tortillas instead of flour. They have soup (caldo tlalpeño), fried plantains, green salad, grilled veggies, several rice dishes, yucca fries, and nopal cactus-- these are... More
The tacos, flautas, and huaraches are made with corn tortillas instead of flour. They have soup (caldo tlalpeño), fried plantains, green salad, grilled veggies, several rice dishes, yucca fries, and nopal cactus-- these are all probably gluten free. Also, I would think that most (if not all) of the grilled meats are gluten free. The owners are very nice and speak good English, so I would feel comfortable asking them any questions you might have about the food's preparation and I bet they will be glad to make any substitutions you might need.
Potential foods to avoid: The corn dishes do have a little mayo in them, and I know that often people with celiac disease cannot tolerate certain brands of mayo, and the beans may be thickened with flour. The cemita sandwiches are on bread. Those are the only three potential issues I see.....but again, everything there is made from scratch as far as I can tell, so I'd just ask questions. :) Enjoy! I had two really good meals there!
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